Monica Farley

Professor, Infectious Diseases

School of Medicine


Dr. Farley is a Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) at Emory University School of Medicine, the Associate Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases and a Staff Physician at the Atlanta VA Medical Center.  She is a Past-President of the American Federation for Medical Research, a Councilor for the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation, and a past member of the FDA Advisory committee on Vaccines and Related Biological Products. She served as the Acting Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Emory University from 1999-2000.  

Dr. Farley has a nationally recognized laboratory research program in molecular mechanisms of H. influenzae pathogenesis.  She has also developed a strong epidemiologic and clinical research program focused on invasive bacterial pathogens.  Much of this work is part of the Active Bacterial Core Surveillance (ABCs) Program, a CDC-funded surveillance network, first established in Atlanta in 1988.  This surveillance system has been highly productive, providing population-based assessment of the epidemiology and risk factors for a number of important bacterial infections, including pneumococcal disease and community-associated MRSA. Dr. Farley serves as a Principal Investigator for the CDC-funded Georgia Emerging Infections Program, overseeing ongoing population-based surveillance and related studies in the 5.1 million population of metropolitan Atlanta. 

Molecular mechanisms of Haemophilus influenzae pathogenesis.  Population-based surveillance and epidemiology of invasive bacterial pathogens including (H. influenzae, Neisseria meningitidis, groups A and B Streptococcus, and methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus), bacterial food borne diseases and influenza. Related activities include vaccine effectiveness studies, bacterail mucosal carriage studies and case-control studies of risk factors for disease.  


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